Full episode - February 26, 2021
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby is shown wearing a dark blue suit and standing behind a microphone with the logo for the Pentagon behind him.
The US launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. And, Israel wasn’t the first country to begin vaccinations, but the pace and scale of its vaccination campaign have made it a world leader in shots per capita. Also, scientists have dated the oldest rock art painting from a cave in remote northwestern Australia using fossilized wasp nests. The painting is a life-size depiction of a kangaroo.
Full story - February 26, 2021
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is shown in a close-up photograph from the side with bright white lights in the distance.
Top of The World: The Biden administration took its first military action on Thursday, launching airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria. And, new report suggests that Eritrean soldiers systematically killed hundreds of people in Ethiopia. Also, in a second kidnapping in a little over a week, police in Nigeria said armed gunmen abducted over 300 schoolgirls.
Full story - February 25, 2021
A doctor gives a patient the coronavirus vaccine in his office.
To boost the public’s confidence, the French government is putting power in the hands of everyday citizens in the form of a 35-person collective — selected at random — to help oversee the country’s vaccine rollout. 
Full episode - February 25, 2021
A crowd of people are shown walking with Paris' iconic Arc de Triomphe in the background.
France has one of the highest rates of vaccine skepticism in the world. In order to address this, the government created a citizen advisory committee to help set vaccination policy. And, a mixed-use mini-city on the outskirts of Vienna showcases what’s possible for green building, mobility and sustainability. Also, fans planning to watch the gilded Olympic torch pass by on its route through Japan are being asked to avoid cheering and instead only applaud the runners.
Full story - February 25, 2021
A man holds a sign that says "zero COVID" wearing a winter jacket and hat outside in front of chancellery in Berlin.
In Germany, the pandemic has ushered in a new crop of vocabulary words like impfneid, the feeling of resentment that other people are getting vaccinated before you.
Full story - February 25, 2021
A police officer is shown looking over her right shoulder and wearing a hat with a portrait of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the wall behind her.
Top of The World: The US is expected to release a declassified version of an intelligence brief into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday. And, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused top military officers of an “attempted coup.” Also, US regulators announced Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine offers strong protection against severe cases of the disease.
Full episode - February 24, 2021
A man is shown wearing a white t-shirt with "tea shirt" printed on it as he walks past large mural of a woman's face.
A review by the US Food and Drug Administration found Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine shot for the coronavirus is safe and effective — sending a strong positive signal throughout the world. So, what does that mean for the pandemic? And, in a landmark ruling, a German court convicted a Syrian intelligence officer for aiding and abetting torture and abuse in Syria. Also, a herd of 20 plains bison have been released on Poundmaker Cree Nation territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. It's been 150 years since plains bison last roamed there.
Full story - February 24, 2021
A large pallet is shown covered in a white wrapping with the logo for COVAX posted on the side.
Top of The World: The United Nations-backed COVAX initiative on Wednesday delivered its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine to the West African nation of Ghana. And, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the US will vie for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council, suggesting a re-prioritization of human rights at the center of US foreign policy. Also, Eyad Al-Gharib, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was convicted by a German court of being accessory to crimes against humanity.
Full story - February 23, 2021
A nurse administers a shot to an elderly man wearing a white T-shirt and black pants at his home.
Mexico's vaccine rollout has been slow and cumbersome. Mexican residents with US citizenship, permanent residency or valid visas are starting to take matters into their own hands.
Full episode - February 23, 2021
A man is shown wearing a black puffy jacket while hold the hand of a child wearing a red puffy jacket.
China's goal is to inoculate about 70% of its population. That's nearly a billion people, and it's got a big challenge. And, widespread protests have erupted every night for the last week in Spain protesting — and often clashing with police — over the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél. Also, archaeologists have unearthed a large-scale brewery in Egypt dating back 5,000 years.

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